... 1699 Driesprong
High up on the southwestern slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, named after Governor
Simon van der Stel, one finds the land known as Drie Sprong.It was originally
home to a Dutch East India Company servant, whose job it was to fire a cannon
from the peak directly above the property,
Kanonkop. This cannon was the third in a relay from Cape Town, via Koeberg, signaling
the arrival of any foreign vessels in Table Bay. The Free Burghers of the surrounding
areas would then hurry to Cape Town and trade with the visitors or defend the
town against attack.
It is at this property that
the Sperling and Hoheisen families have established the strong
foundations, known to people worldwide as Delheim.